Someone Shot the Hip, Young Conductor

We are very proud to announce Matthew Sunrich’s debut collection Someone Shot the Hip Young Conductor (available on amazon here).

An ode to existential irreverence, absurdity, and surreal, Someone Shot the Hip Young Conductor is filled with Kafka-esque scenarios: universes collide; skeletons play jazz with gorillas; one-armed gravediggers; extremely courteous vampires; trains that wake the dead.

And, of course, Picasso’s painting of Frankenstein’s monster.

19 stories that range from the bizarre to the extremely bizarre, brimming with dark humor and grotesque originality and just a dash of melancholy.

Matthew Stephen Sunrich is a professional organization enthusiast who has cleared out a space of approximately ten square feet to call his own in rural northwest Georgia. He enjoys comic books, sword and sorcery and horror literature, categorizing things for no apparent reason, and dreaming about Jonathan Winters as an antiquing centaur. His inspirations include Monty Python, They Might Be Giants, Richard Brautigan, and H. P. Lovecraft. He has contributed stories to The Strange Edge and The Modern Monarchist and essays to two Star Wars anthologies put out by Sequart. He has also published a book about the fantasy heroine Red Sonja. He is currently collaborating on a sword-and-sorcery novel and is considering writing a book about horror icon Vampirella. His first crush was Smufette.

 

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Rooster Republic’s Future (not scary)

Well, it looks like we have some books coming your way. Let’s talk about ‘em!

The next release coming down the pipe is Christoph Paul’s eagerly-awaited poetry collection, At Least I Get You < In My Art. That’ll drop right at the end of July. It’s the first of two poetry releases we have planned for 2018.

Next, we have Matthew Stephen Sunrich’s short collection, Someone Shot The Hip, Young Conductor. This one is a turn towards the humorous and the absurd. It should go live in August.

September has two releases planned: Charles Austin Muir’s Bodybuilding Spider Rangers and Other Stories; Sara Tantlinger’s The Devil’s Dreamland, poetry inspired by H.H. Holmes.

And that leaves us with October. Michael Allen Rose’s Rock & Roll Death Patrol should go live in our spookiest month. The novel is a tongue-in-cheek, comic-book-style adventure that reimagines groups like the Justice League and/or Avengers as literal rock ‘n’ roll stars; takes the idea of the rock “supergroup” to another level.

And then there is The Full Howie.

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G. Arthur Brown Joins Rooster as Head Editor

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Art by Jarvis Chickpea

The proceeding is an interview with the supposed G. Arthur Brown. 


First, feel free to give a little background on yourself and your own written work.

I started writing absurd proto-Bizarro fiction long ago (c. 1996), before it had a name or I knew there was a market for it. This was also before I knew there were quasi-popular writers like Mark Leyner or Donald Barthelme or Thomas Pynchon who just didn’t give a rat’s ass about the conventions of popular fiction, and before I’d read any Kafka. So I gave up on writing for a long time, not picking it up again until about 2007, with the added advantage of having now read Borges, Burroughs, and Ionesco, as well as having seen many bizarre and highly inspirational films, such as Cemetery Man, Mulholland Drive, Schizopolis, Naked Lunch, and Dead Alive. Then, I stumbled upon the Bizarro community and the rest is history.

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